Sunday, 20 November 2016

Ooh I love a craft fair

It's been a funny two weeks of up and downs. Not helped by being stupidly busy in the office trying to get everything done in time for the Christmas Market and Ice Rink - but they're open now so the next 4 1/2 weeks will be full of Christmas music and fried onion smells... joy...
But there are lots of lovely traders with all sorts of amazing things that will make perfect Christmas gifts. That's if I can stop myself from buying lots of things for me !

I finally managed to get back out to Hilliers yesterday for a final bit of autumn colour, only to find they had a little craft fair on. I Love a little craft fair!
I went round the gardens first while the sky was relatively bright - photos in a minute - then I got stuck in to all the goodies for sale !
I asked if I could take photos and was told no. But I did anyway !

I love note books and was sorely tempted by these little cuties!

I really liked the seaside scene picture in this photo - you can't see it but the sea was stitched with silver thread that looked just like sunlight on water. It was called Solent and made me think of my walks at Weston Shore. If I'd had wall space it would have come home with me!
But now for the things I did buy. I opted mostly for crafting supplies and some cards.

And now for some autumn colour ! The leaves are dropping fast now - pity I couldn't get here last week - and there's lots of yellow and gold tones. Makes a change from all the reds we've come to expect now. 

Tina's Allsorts, Hillier Gardens

Tina's Allsorts, Hillier Gardens

Tina's Allsorts, Hillier Gardens

Tina's Allsorts, Hillier Gardens

Tina's Allsorts, Hillier Gardens

Tina's Allsorts, Hillier Gardens

Tina's Allsorts, Hillier Gardens

Is that enough for now ? Back to crafting then! The last week or so I've had the urge to knit something. Yes KNIT! Not crochet or sew but knit.
I blame my niece. She requested knitted romper suits for her baby girl and I found a fab pattern on Ravelry - 

So.... am I going to be knitting this ? No chance ! My lovely friend Diana will be doing it . But I really wanted to knit for a change and found a new super soft wool and hunted out this pattern -

The Link will take you to a page with some free patterns designed to be made for cancer patients undergoing treatment. They're all free, so maybe think about giving a donation if you download it. The hat pattern is on pages 3 and 4.))
It's been a LONG time since I knitted any aran. And that was a tiny teddy bear jumper! By row 3 of this cable pattern I was asking why I wanted to knit again. But I've got into it now and I'm looking forward to wearing it on a Cold day. This wool really is soft - I've not seen it before, it's Pixile by Wendy.

And I had a little help. This isn't Fluffy, this is Blackie - although he's actually mahogany brown. And he also decided he'd had enough of living with the neighbours and has moved in too!

I do of course have a long list of things I should be crocheting or sewing. The small purple and pink crochet bag - it has progressed a bit - finish the Dress a Girl dresses, make some more pencil cases.
And use my new craft supplies!

But for now, I shall knit and I shall enjoy it. I hope you have something enjoyable planned too. Bye for now!


  1. Love your (sneaky) pictures and Blackie knows a good thing when he sees one - He looks like he's settled for life xx

  2. I wish I'd known the craft fair was happening, I would have gone more prepared for shopping!! Christmas is FAST approaching and I haven't done a thing!
    And yes, Blackie is feeling very at home now. :-)